“#Hearst to name Vanity Fair’s Samira Nasr as Harper’s Bazaar chief, sources say”
June 9, 2020 | 1:16pm
The top job at Harper’s Bazaar has been open since January when Glenda Bailey shocked the fashion world by resigning after 19 years. She remains a consultant to the brand.
Nasr previously worked for Harper’s Bazaar rival Elle magazine before being recruited to Vanity Fair by editor-in-chief Radhika Jones. At Elle, Nasr had clashed with editor-in-chief Nina Garcia, sources said. Now she will return to the fashion magazine world as an equal, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Hearst Magazines president Troy Young and chief content officer Kate Lewis had been casting a wide net for the job. Among the rumored candidates had been Christine Barberich, a co-founder of Refinery 29 who was forced to step down Monday from the site now owned by Vice Media amid claims that she favored white staffers and fostered a toxic work environment for people of color.
Other candidates considered for the job, sources say, have included Kristina O’Neill, editor-in-chief of WSJ magazine and former executive editor at HB; Laura Brown, editor-in-chief of rival In Style at Meredith, and Susan Bugbee, editor of The Cut, a fashion centric vertical at New York magazine.
Nasr could not be reached for comment but sources tell Media Ink that an announcement is imminent.
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